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Reaching Everybody! Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid St. Joseph Newsleader St. Joseph, MN 56374 Permit No. 21 ECRWSS Postal Customer Newsleader St. Joseph Friday, June 6, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 23 Est. 1989 Town Crier St. Stephen sets Centennial Planning meeting The St. Stephen Centennial is planned for July 18-20. A meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 8 at City Hall. No Parking Signs will be assembled – bring your stapler. Can’t attend but want to volunteer? Contact the St. Stephen clerk at 320-290-0424. Summer reading program begins June 9 at GRRL Great River Regional Library will begin its annual Summer Reading Program for children and teens ages 0-18 on Monday, June 9, continuing through Saturday, Aug. 9. Two programs are offered, “Experiment with Reading,” for children birth through age 12, and “Read, Think, React,” for teens in grades six through 12. Each of the 32 branch libraries in the GRRL system will have weekly and grand prize drawings for children and teens taking part in the program. Libraries across the entire region are planning fun kick-off programs and special events to encourage participation. The goal of the Summer Reading Program is to encourage children to continue reading during the summer. Numerous studies have found failing to read during the summer contributes to a summer slump that puts children behind when they return to school in the fall. Children who continue to read through the summer are more likely to maintain or even improve their reading skills. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on June 6 Criers. ATV riders can explore Minnesota trails for free New trail atlas available to help with trip planning Minnesotans with all-terrain vehicles registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee to ride the state’s public ATV trails on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass. This is the second year Minnesota is providing ATV riders with free access to more than 3,000 miles of state forest and grant-in-aid trails during “No Registration Weekend.” Several riding destinations are featured in a new 72-page Off-Highway Vehicle Trail Atlas. The atlas includes maps, descriptions, parking and other information for 51 state and GIA trails for ATVs, off-highway motorcycles and off-road vehicles. For more information, visit www. and click on June 6 Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERT: Stearns County Fair Guide Postal Patron Bruno teaches students about printmaking by Cori Hilsgen Mary Bruno, letterpress printmaker and owner of Bruno Press, recently taught Kennedy Community School third-grade students the art of print making. Teacher Jodie Kragness said Bruno taught students about her job. “The students were eager to learn about Mary’s profession through this artist-in-residence experience,” Kragness said. In their science class engineering unit, third-graders had studied how agricultural engineers design and improve technologies for agriculture. After studying about pollinating insects and how technology can imitate nature, they used the engineering design process to design hand pollinators, for various flowers. They studied shapes and sizes of flowers and created and tested pollinators which would both pick up and drop off pollen. Bruno then assisted students in designing and creating posters for their hand pollinators. Each student then had a chance to print their hand pollinator poster on Bruno’s printing press. “It was really fun to use all the different utensils like the printing press and learn about the process of printmaking,” Brielle Rothstein said. “I learned about how Bruno Press uses tools to make awesome posters,” Liam Zenner said. “My favorite part was printing our own posters for our hand pollinators.” “The third-graders learned a lot from this wonderful opportunity,” Kragness said. “The posters are on display in the hallways at Kennedy. The thirdgraders and their teachers would like to extend a huge thank you to Mary Bruno and Central Minnesota Arts Board.” Bruno Press is a small letterpress print shop in St. Joseph. Bruno uses traditional methods of printing, such as setting wood and lead type, carving linoleum blocks and printing on very old presses more than 70 years old. Bruno offers internships and teaches poster and cardmaking workshops, sells cards and prints wholesale and retail items. Bruno’s artist-in-residency was funded by the Central Minnesota Arts Board. Recently, Forte gave an inspirational pep talk to a gathering of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Sartell High School. Forte, a Sartell resident, is a teacher who is currently on leave from Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph. For years, a virulent form of cancer dogged Forte’s heels, but he fought back and won after a doctor told him he had six months at most to live. And that was eight years ago. The rare cancer has the dreadsounding name of thymic carcinoid cancer, so rare there have been only 200 cases of it reported worldwide. Doctors removed Forte’s right lung, then he underwent radiation, chemotherapy and a whole series of tests and other procedures. As the tumors spread rapidly, the treatments became more intense. Those painful endurance tests came on top of the 16 knee surgeries he needed. Everyone he knew – even strangers – asked Forte how he did it? How in the world could he face such a bleak prognosis, endure pain and weakness, and then seem to bounce right back? Through it all, Forte reminds others he relied upon the innate lessons he’d absorbed through his many years as an athlete and Faith • page 4 by Cori Hilsgen act with such a great group of students and directors,” Figallo said. “Im thankful to St. John’s Prep for giving me the opportunity to perform on stage at the Paramount Theatre doing what I love to do – entertaining and making other people happy.” Honorable mentions in a leading role were for Tom Skahen’s performance of Danny and Young Hyun Lily Joo’s performance as Sandy. Honorable mentions in a supporting role were for Beccy O’Neil’s performance as Jan, Josiah Beretta’s performance as Doody, Sam Rogers’ performance as Roger and Ben Miller’s performance as Sonny. Honorable mentions in a featured role were for Reva Useh’s performance as Miss Lynch, Gabrielle Kolb’s performance as Patty Simcox, Cormack Grease • page 5 contributed photo Left to right: Isaac Diehl, Sofia Ploof and Mary Bruno print on Bruno’s printing press. Sports, faith can counter adversities by Dennis Dalman With only one lung, Pat Forte said he can still ride a bicycle downhill as good as ever, but going uphill is the toughest part. His audiences always get a good laugh with that line – a line that encompasses Forte’s attitude about how he’s learned to live life – with persistence, practice, hard work and good humor. Prep students honored for production of ‘Grease’ contributed photos Above left: Skyler Figallo (left) performed the role of Kenicke and Ben Miller performed the role of Sonny in St. John’s Prep’s performance of Grease at the Paramount Theatre. Above right: Tom Skahen performed the role of Danny. St. John’s Prep students received several awards from the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Musical Theatre Program for their production of Grease. SJP presented Grease at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud March 21-24. SJP students were recognized for the following honors: outstanding performance in a supporting role; and honorable mention for overall production, overall performance, performance by a student orchestra, performance in a leading role, performance in a supporting role and in a featured role. Outstanding performance in a supporting role was for Skyler Figallo’s performance as Kenicke. “I am so thankful and indeed honored to perform and inter-

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